Man With Folding Chair in Alabama Riverfront Brawl Will Avoid Jail Time

The man responsible for wielding a folding chair as a weapon will not have to spend time behind bars pending the completion of court-ordered community service.

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Reggie Bernard Ray, who infamously swung a folding chair in the viral Alabama Riverfront brawl, will not spend time behind bars.

According to court records reviewed by TMZ, Ray entered a conditional guilty plea on Monday and in exchange will have to complete 50 hours of community service and a 90-day suspended sentence. Pending his completion of the court-ordered requirements and a payment of $357 for court costs, Ray will not have to serve any jail time.

In August, Ray was involved in a massive brawl that broke out at the Montgomery waterfront in an apparent racially-motivated attack. An innocent Black man, the co-captain of a nearby riverboat, was struck by a white man associated with an illegally parked private boat who refused to move from the dock. A number of onlookers quickly came to the co-captain’s defense where the fighting spun wildly out of control.

Videos from the chaotic scene went viral on social media and inspired a number of memes, and eventually birthed a merch line

Reggie Bernard Ray, along with four other individuals connected to the melee, eventually turned himself in to the police. 

The 42-year-old, who was charged with disorderly conduct, received support through a GoFundMe set up by his lawyer, civil rights attorney Lee Merritt. Ray was able to raise nearly $300,000 to offset the costs of “medical bills, lost wages/earnings, professional services, travel, lodging, and expenses.”

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